Pavel Bure Speaks
On Kharlamov and Mikhailov
In the Stan Fischler book
"Hockey Stars Speak," Pavel Bure talks about his childhood
"When I was a kid, my two heroes were Boris Mikhailov and Valeri
Kharlamov who played for Red Army. What I liked about Kharlamov was that
he could do everything with the puck. He could grab it behind the net and
beat everybody as he skated down the ice, and then he would put the puck
into the top corner of the net."
"Kharlamov was amazing
and Mikhailov had that talent as well, but Boris was more stubborn. He was
a small guy but nobody could move him away from the net. He always was in
the slot or right in front of the goalie. That's why he got more goals
than anybody in Russia. He wasn't a big guy, but he wasn't scared and just worked hard.
"I know they (the Red Army) played some exhibition games against the
NHL teams, but I was too young to remember. When I started to become aware
of pro hockey in North America, the thing I go to realize was that it was
physically pretty tough. In addition I noticed that we had bigger rinks in
Russia and this meant that big guys without skill could not last long in
our country. We just concentrated on our skills."